Saturday, 26 January 2013

I promise to TRI!

Today for Australia Day I decided to do something Cra-zy and signed up for my first ever triathlon!!

I know. Crazy!

You may or may not remember that up until recently I was not a very good swimmer.

Today's tri wasn't actually the first tri that I was planning on doing. No. That tri is coming up in March. It's a womens only tri and it's the one that I was planning on doing in 2012 but chickened out of as I didn't want to be the one who needed to be rescued in the swim leg because I totally sucked at swimming!!! 

Instead I enrolled in adult swimming lessons and got my shite together!

So back to todays tri. I decided as a last minute decision to do the Australia Day tri as a "warm up" to the Womens Tri in March. A bit of a test run if you will.

I was worried. Very worried.

I'd been sick all week and apart from heaps of swimming practice, I hadn't really done much road running or riding of late. Everything has been taken place at the gym. While that's great it doesn't really mimic the crap that was about to be thrown at me today!

So. Today I was up at 4:30am for some honey on toast and some last minute checking that I'd packed everything. Then it was off towards Point Walter.

Once there I racked my bike and went to register (check in)


I'm not naked I promise!


Then it was a blur of "where the feck do I head for the ride?" and "which way is the run going?" followed by a quick rundown of all those answers.

By this time I was doing the pee dance and was praying I had time to go find a toilet as my wave was up first.

I choose to go with the novice event. That's a 200m swim, 7km ride and a 2km run. Yeah I know. Ok stop laughing. I get it. It's not that big. But remembering that 4 months ago I couldn't even swim 50m, I wanted my first tri to be an easy and doable one!! To get familiar with the transitions etc.

So the swim started in the water. No need to run in from the beach. I started in the middle at the front and quickly got over taken by a few people. Whatever.


Can you see me??


OH. MY. GOD. What a trippy experience. Swimming in the pool has spoilt me. How different it was to swim in open water. Zero visibility apart from seeing all the jelly fish that I was swimming through. Hundreds. Every scoop I did with my hands was scooping the jelly fish away. What a trip! At least I didn't see any sharks!

I don't know my official times yet but the swim went very quick. Although I think many swear words were screaming through my head during that time.

Coming out of the swim the first hill came into view. Feck. I have to run up that? Ok I'll admit it. I walked a little (remember, I've been sick)

My first transition was daunting. I'd been practising but until you've actually done one you don't really know what to except. I had planned to stand up to the do my shoes but I ended up sitting. 


Yeah I sat. What of it?



Oh well. I was out of there pretty quick. Sock. Shoes. Race belt with number. Glasses. Helmet. Bike. GO!!!!!

I ran my bike out and mounted. Up a hill. Feck!! Ok low gear. Go.


Go! Go! Go!


The ride started on a hill but once at the top I got to fly down it. The bad news? I had to go back up it didn't I. Doesn't matter. I managed to pass a few people who had gotten out of the swim and first transition quicker than me. Then all the "professional" riders started to pass me. On the fecking hills. What's up with that crazy shit. That hill was kick arse crazy!! 

Nearing the end was down hill. Great! A chance to stretch the legs and to "spin" them as this helps with going from the ride to the run. BUT. To get to transition was a climb back UP the hill. Crap! At this point I think I walked my bike (albeit, fast) back to the rack.

Helmet off. Twist the race belt so my number is at the front. GO!

Speed walk through transition and go, go, go............

The run sucked. A down hill run away from the transition area then up and down, up and down.

This is where I got so cranky with myself because even though I promised myself I wouldn't walk, I fecking did. What's up with that? I can run. I can run far. Apparently just not after a swim and a ride! :(  In my defence I had been so crappily sick this week. Something had to give. BUT, it wasn't for long and then I toughened up. The home straight was up hill. A steep hill. Yay! (Not)


Is that the finish line? Thank feck!!


But I did it. I passed the finish line and got a big kiss from Mr Hausfrau! Yay!




As I said, I don't know my times. But I don't really care. I did it as a test run for the Womens Tri in March. I don't think the times will be all that great but it just means I'll have something to beat for next Australia Day! I can't guarantee I will, but I promise to Tri!

After todays tri, I find out, by the officials talking at the presentations that the Point Walter course is the toughest tri course in Perth. Great! Figures. Stupid hills!

It was a great morning. Followed by an afternoon of catching up with friends for a BBQ, drinks and pool volleyball. I hope you all got to celebrate Australia Day in great fashion too!




I hope you all had a fantastic Australia Day - However you celebrated!










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If you've been following me on facebook you may or may not know that I have registered for a 220km bike ride  for the Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2013. This is a cause close to my heart as I have lost some very special people to this horrible disease. As part of my entry I need to fund raise a minimum of $2500 to take part in the actual ride. I really hate asking for donations but I've been told that it's the only way! Do you have a spare $2? Every little bit helps. All money raised will go directly to support cancer patients and their families and all donations $2 and over are tax deductible. Thank you!!




Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Pirates have my boys held hostage!

Very sleath like, maybe even Ninja style, I snuck into Random Boys room to retrive my laptop so I could join in on todays #IBOT (That's I Blog On Tuesdays if you're not familar. It's hosted by the one and only Jess from Essentially Jess. If you've never been you really should stop by and have a gander! The recent #IBOT is here)

So where was I? Oh yes. Ninja style.

You see, I needed to steal my laptop back as Random Boy has pretty much held it hostage since the beginning of the holidays.

Why?

Oh let me tell you!

Remember waaaaay back in the beginning of October last year when I told you about Mr Hausfrau's new addiction? Then at the end of October when I was forced to eat my words?

No? Ok well I'll wait here and enjoy my laptops return while you head off and catch up! (Links are just above)

(for those too busy to play the catch up game I'll give you the quick low down. Mr Hausfrau started playing a stupid facebook game called Battle Pirates which I nicknamed Butt Pirates. In the past these little addictions never really lasted more than a week or two so I wasn't worried but by the end of October I knew that I had been mistaken! But you really should go read up on it - I'm pretty sure I wrote it funnier than that last year)

Ok - all caught up? Good.

So what's this got to do with Random Boy?

Well it seems that Mr Hausfrau, after almost 4 fecking months of the stupid game is still hooked AND he has now sucked Random Boy into playing too!!


I've now lost both of my boys to the pirates! *sob*



Random Boy playing Butt Pirates under the experienced instructions of Mr Hausfrau

Just for the record. I wrote this post this morning at 8am - then my laptop was stolen back and I'm only just getting to finish and click publish now at 1250!! Someone had to check his ships!!

Mr Hausfrau if you're reading this I'd like an iPad for my birthday please!










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If you've been following me on facebook you may or may not know that I have registered for a 220km bike ride  for the Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2013. This is a cause close to my heart as I have lost some very special people to this horrible disease. As part of my entry I need to fund raise a minimum of $2500 to take part in the actual ride. I really hate asking for donations but I've been told that it's the only way! Do you have a spare $2? Every little bit helps. All money raised will go directly to support cancer patients and their families and all donations $2 and over are tax deductible. Thank you!!





Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The first post of the year complete with a slack arse apology and a list of crap I hope to do this year but I know I'll probably fail at.




Geez I've been a slack arse blogger! For that I apologise.

In my defence I've had a house full of people since Christmas Day - we celebrated at home this year and made the family do all the driving to come to us for a change. Then we had German family arrive at 5am on Boxing Day so we've been busy entertaining ever since! Beaches, parks, Zoo visits, city views, outback adventures, Margaret River tours, restaurants and most importantly, drinking drinking drinking!!!!

Yesterday was spent driving to Margaret River with the Germans following behind, to set them up for a few days touring the area. Spent the day eating, drinking and hitting the beaches. We couldn't stay (damn dog) so we drove home last night, Mr Hausfrau driving and me trying extremely hard not to fall asleep. Many failed attempts were had! Got home just in time to pop the Champagne and wait for the televised fireworks. TOTAL FAIL. Dozed off and woke to the feeling of my Champagne pouring all over my lap!! Doh! It was the real stuff too!!

I was in bed at 2345 and asleep by midnight. Oh how the tables have turned. Usually Mr Hausfrau is the one snoring while I watch the fireworks and drink the last of the Champagne!

Anywho - that's no excuse for my bad blogging attendance so without further ado - I give you my list of New Years Resolutions!!!


1. Write a list and actually stick to my new years resolutions.

2. Lernen, flie├čend Deutsch sprechen (Learn to speak fluent German)

3. Get further ahead with my studies.

4. Take the blog to new heights ;)

5.Fitness! Fitness! Fitness! (This needs a list all for it's own - come back later for details)

6. Write a fitness list post for people to come back to.

7. Make travel plans. Germany would be nice.

8. Be a more social friend. More catch ups with friends!! (read: more wine time with friends)

9. Spend more time with the family. This is my sisters last year in Perth before heading back over east - I guess that'll mean she'll take my nieces and nephew with her? :(

10. Be more organised. (LOL - not gonna happen but I was short one!)


and just for shits and giggles

11. Remember to write 2013 and NOT 2012!!


What's your New Year Resolution/s? 
Do you do them? 
More importantly, do you stick to them? 
I usually don't. But if my lil' sis could go the WHOLE of 2012 without ANY McDonalds, HJ's, KFC or store bought pizza then I sure as hell should be able to do at least ONE thing from my list!! 
 I'm sure I'll have a good chuckle in a years time when I look back and realise that I aimed too high ;)
So? Where's your list? Share them with me!











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If you've been following me on facebook you may or may not know that I have registered for a 220km bike ride  for the Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2013. This is a cause close to my heart as I have lost some very special people to this horrible disease. As part of my entry I need to fund raise a minimum of $2500 to take part in the actual ride. I really hate asking for donations but I've been told that it's the only way! Do you have a spare $2? Every little bit helps. All money raised will go directly to support cancer patients and their families and all donations $2 and over are tax deductible. Thank you!!